Tag: Electoral College

Should the Electoral College Be Eliminated? 15 States Are Trying to Make it Obsolete

The man who helped invent scratch-off lottery tickets now has his sights set on a bigger prize: overhauling the way the United States elects presidents. On Tuesday, Nevada became the latest state to pass a bill that would grant its electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote across the country, not just in Nevada. […]

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Popular Move: Maine Senate Passes Bill to Give All of State’s Electoral Votes to the Winner of the Popular Vote in 2020

Photo: iStock There’s a movement afoot in some quarters to get rid of the Electoral College, the institution that really elects the president of the United States. More often than not, the winner of the popular vote also wins enough electoral votes to gain the Oval Office. But in just the last 20 years, the Electoral […]

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Andrew Yang’s Disjointed Plan to Reform American Democracy

There are more than 20 Democratic candidates for president, and none are as technocratic as Andrew Yang. The New York–based entrepreneur and venture capitalist is running on an eclectic platform that synthesizes ideas from the party’s socialist and centrist wings. Though he’s never held elective office, he’s secured an enthusiastic following known as the “Yang […]

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Actually, the Electoral College Was a Pro-Slavery Ploy

Many Americans are critical of the Electoral College, an attitude that seems to have intensified since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election despite losing the popular vote. These critics often make two arguments: first, that electing the president by direct popular vote would be preferable in a democracy; and second, that […]

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The Electoral College Was Not a Pro-Slavery Ploy

I used to favor amending the Electoral College, in part because I believed the framers put it into the Constitution to protect slavery. I said as much in a book I published in September. But I’ve decided I was wrong. That’s why a merciful God invented second editions. Like many historians, I thought the evidence […]

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The Argument: Who Botched the Mueller Report?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher The end of Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government has left some liberals disappointed. This week on “The Argument,” Michelle Goldberg thinks Attorney General William Barr’s […]

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A Case for the Electoral College

Debates about the Electoral College, like the one that Democrats have lately instigated, often get bogged down in disputes about the intentions of the founding generation — whether they were trying to check mob rule, prop up Southern power, preserve the power of small states, or simply come to a necessarily arbitrary constitutional compromise. These […]

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Conservatives’ Disingenuous Attacks on Democratic Reforms

If their presidential candidates are any indication, Democrats may finally be getting serious about structural reforms to American democracy. Some proposals, such as packing the court with additional liberal judges, are premature and unpersuasive, as I argued last week. But others are common sense, such as statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Electoral College […]

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Getting Rid of the Electoral College Isn’t Just About Trump

At a CNN town hall in Jackson, Miss., on Monday night, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called for shutting down the Electoral College. “I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and to make sure that vote gets counted,” she said. Her suggestion brought a sharp […]

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Elizabeth Warren Calls for Ending Electoral College

JACKSON, Miss. — Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who has based her presidential bid on trying to outpace rivals with robust policy proposals, added more ideas to her liberal agenda on Monday night: getting rid of the Electoral College, removing Confederate statues, and creating a national commission to study reparations for black Americans. Ms. […]

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Editorial Observer: Birch Bayh and the Quest for a More Perfect Constitution

Changing the United States Constitution is like winning an extremely long, slow-motion lottery. Since 1788, when the nation’s charter was ratified, more than 11,000 amendments have been proposed. Twenty-seven have succeeded. The odds of any one person writing an amendment that clears all the required hurdles — a two-thirds vote in both houses of Congress […]

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The ‘D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty’ Former Gov. of Maine Thanks the Electoral College for Keeping White People in Power

Paul LePage listens to U.S. President Donald Trump during meeting with state and local officials to unveil the Trump administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan in the State Dining Room at the White House February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Remember Paul LePage? Don’t worry, the only people that do traded in their […]

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The Electoral College Is the Greatest Threat to Our Democracy

It’s still well under the radar, but the movement to circumvent the Electoral College gained ground this week. On Sunday, Jared Polis, the governor of Colorado, said he would sign a bill to join the National Popular Vote interstate compact, whose members have pledged to give their electoral votes to the winner of the national […]

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Howard Schultz Doesn’t Understand American History

Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks, cannot win the presidency as an independent candidate. But is there someone who could? Is there any chance a third-party candidate could contest the presidency and win? The short answer is no. As long as the United States has an Electoral College and winner-take-all process for presidential […]

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Want to Pass Medicare for All? Fix American Democracy First.

The federal government’s partial shutdown enters its second month this week, and there is no end in sight. It does not matter that the American public largely wants the government to reopen, or that the shutdown inflicts a growing economic and environmental toll on the nation. President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, who have […]

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